About the Department of Music
The Department of Music at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) offers a range of degree programs, ensemble experiences, and scholarly opportunities for graduate students. We encourage interests that range from medieval music to rock and pop, and our students benefit from the Department’s thriving collaborations with the Cleveland Orchestra, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and other nearby cultural institutions. Through our Joint Music Program with the Cleveland Institute of Music, students have the opportunity to engage in musical research and scholarship at one of the nation’s premiere research universities while pursuing focused music studies at one of its top-tier conservatories.
Our music buildings contain a concert hall (Harkness Chapel), classrooms, faculty, staff and graduate offices, a research library (Kulas Music Library), a collection of modern reproductions of early instruments (Kulas Collection of Early Music Instruments), a Macintosh computer classroom and lab (The Core), a music education resource center, large ensemble and chamber music rehearsal rooms, and individual practice rooms.
At any given time, there are 40 – 50 graduate students in residence, and approximately 6 – 10 new graduate students enter each year.